I seem to be experiencing Sketcher's (not the shoes) Block recently. Maybe it's just winter doldrums. So here is a recommendation:
1. A blog kept by two Americans living and working in Cairo, Egypt. It's very interesting, and being written by actual writers, very well-written.
And while you're at it, check out the new work by my talented painter friend Pamela Staker
who has a show here (Chicago).